News & Announcements

Remember to screen daily for symptoms before leaving for school

In-person learning resumes on January 18, 2022. Please click here for health and safety measures in the UGDSB. And a reminder to families to screen children daily for symptoms before leaving for school: COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool

For other school operations and health and safety information, please use the links below:

Monitoring School Absence Rates in the UGDSB

Posted January 18, 2022

As an additional measure and layer of communication to keep our communities informed, the UGDSB has launched a pilot initiative to track school absence rates on a daily basis. This process is a pilot program and may evolve as required.

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Planning for potential staff shortages at schools

Posted January 14, 2022

Due to the widespread presence of COVID-19 in our communities, the Upper Grand District School Board recognizes that staff shortages may be prevalent next week as students and staff return to school.  The UGDSB will employ numerous strategies to ensure that student safety and supervision is maintained. However, we recognize that in some extreme cases classes and/or schools may have to transition to remote learning temporarily. 

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Reminder to screen daily for symptoms before leaving for school

Posted January 13, 2022

Families are reminded to complete the school screening every day before students leave for school. 

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Information on student instruction for Friday January 14, 2022

Posted January 13, 2022

As staff work to prepare their classrooms for in-person learning on Monday we want to inform families/caregivers that regular synchronous instruction may be interrupted on Friday to allow staff time in our schools to be ready to go for Monday.

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Wear and care of cloth masks for students

Posted January 13, 2022

Public Health officials have stressed that wearing a well-constructed, well-fitted and properly worn mask or face covering is one the key protective measures we can take to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Families are encouraged to review the following information about the proper use and care of cloth face masks.

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Protective health and safety measures during in-person learning

Posted January 12, 2022

The provincial government has announced that Ontario schools will reopen to in-person learning starting on Monday January 17, 2022. The Upper Grand District School Board has many protective health and safety measures in place at our schools. Please read below for reminders and updates regarding these protective measures. 

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UGDSB launching temporary remote option for elementary students once in-person learning resumes

Posted January 12, 2022

The Upper Grand District School Board is developing a Temporary Remote Learning Option for elementary students that will be launched once in-person learning resumes.

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January 2022 Newsletter

Posted January 10, 2022

Highlights of our January News Includes:
  • Annual Food Bank Drive
  • School Council Meeting Dates
  • Bears v.s. Badgers?  Which animal will be our new mascot?
January Newsletter 2022

UGDSB Before and After School Survey

Posted January 10, 2022

Our Before and/or After School Program (BASP) survey will be opened for parents/guardians starting on January 4, 2022. The survey is intended to gather information about the number of children who need before and/or after school care for September 2022 at schools that do not currently offer a BASP. Please complete the BASP survey if your child ...

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Revised criteria for UGDSB student mask exemptions

Posted January 7, 2022

As a result of the continued spread of COVID-19 and the increased transmissibility with the most recent variant, the Upper Grand District School Board has revised the criteria for granting student mask exemption requests. Please review this information for details.

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Wellness Works – This Month is Empathy

Posted January 6, 2022

Empathy Jan 2022

Province directs schools to shift to remote learning from January 5-17, 2022

Posted January 3, 2022

On Monday January 3, 2022, the provincial government announced that all Ontario schools will shift to remote learning from January 5 to at least January 17, 2022. Please read on for important information for families in the UGDSB.

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Resumption of school delayed until Wednesday January 5, 2022 

Posted December 30, 2021

Today, the province of Ontario announced that the resumption of school will be delayed following the winter break. All schools will resume classes on Wednesday January 5, 2022.  There will be no classes on Monday January 3 or Tuesday January 4. This direction is for all students including those enrolled in the elementary or secondary remote programs and for those in our special education self-contained classrooms.  

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Positive Covid 19 Case at John Black

Posted December 19, 2021

Dear parents/guardians and staff, WDG Public Health has notified us that one individual in our school has tested positive for COVID-19.   As a result, Public Health has directed one class to self-isolate, as part of their established infection prevention and control measures.  Please note a change in isolation requirements for students deemed ...

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Letter to parents/guardians: Information for the winter break

Posted December 15, 2021

December 15, 2021 Dear parents and guardians, Thank you for your ongoing efforts that have made for a successful first four months of school, and for adhering to public health and safety measures that have ensured schools remain a safe place for our students and staff. We understand that there may be ...

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John Black School Council October Minutes

Posted December 12, 2021

JB SC Minutes October 2021.docx

Information from the province on student rapid antigen testing over the winter break

Posted December 10, 2021

On behalf of the Government of Ontario, the Upper Grand District School Board is distributing take-home rapid antigen screening kits to every elementary and secondary student who chooses to participate. Kits will be distributed prior to the winter break.

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UGDSB Kindergarten Registration starts in January – here is what families need to know

Posted December 9, 2021

Kindergarten registration for the Upper Grand District School Board is fast approaching. Registration for new UGDSB Junior Kindergarten (JK) and Senior Kindergarten (SK) students for September 2022 will take place between January 4-21, 2022.

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December 2021 Newsletter

Posted December 7, 2021

December News 2021 Information highlights include:
  • Pizza Days
  • Annual Food Drive
  • December Theme Days
  • Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration 2022-2023

Posted December 2, 2021

Please see attached the information for families who wish to register their child for Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year.  If you know a family whose child will be eligible for registration next year, kindly share this information! Copy Of Kindergarten Registration Flyer 2022 23

Pizza Days are Coming Back!

Posted November 29, 2021

Dear Families, We are excited to share that starting in January, we will be offering pizza days on Mondays and Fridays.  Parents can place their orders through school cash online beginning tomorrow until December 7th.   If you are not registered with School Cash Online, information on how to sign up can be found ...

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Nurturing Resilience Through Relationships Presentation for Parents, Caregivers and Elders

Posted November 24, 2021

Please find attached a flyer for a FREE webinar being offered to parents, caregivers, elders and those who care for our children and youth. Dr. Michael Ungar will be presenting in this virtual setting on the importance of nurturing resilience through relationships.  Please share with your communities and join us ...

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Policy Feedback Opportunity: Policy 205 School Volunteers

Posted November 24, 2021

UGDSB policy currently under review, 205 – School Volunteers, has been further revised and released for public consultation. Please review the proposed changes and provide your feedback by January 14, 2022.

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Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week and November’s Umbrella Skill – Kindness

Posted November 21, 2021

Dear John Black PS Families, This week is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month.  Our Junior Bears, Student Council and GSA have been busy preparing for this week with each day having a theme and act of kindness. MONDAY- RAINBOW DAY, Random Act Of Kindness Day - Spread some kindness (Secretly!:) TUESDAY- UNIQUE SOCK DAY, Hello Tuesday!  Find ...

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John Black Parent Teacher Report Card Portal and Interview Booking System

Posted November 17, 2021

Hello, John Black Families! As you know, your child’s Progress Report is available as of tomorrow.  You can access the report here, using the email you have registered with our school:  https://mwweb.ugdsb.on.ca/jblac/parents Tomorrow, your child’s teacher will be sending home the Page 2 “Return Slip” that is a part of your ...

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UGDSB looks ahead to Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Posted November 15, 2021

Schools of the UGDSB will be participating in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week from November 22 to the 26th. Learn more about bullying and other resources.

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Progress Report Cards and Parent Teacher Interviews

Posted November 14, 2021

Dear John Black  Families, Progress Reports (Download on November 18th): As you know, the November Progress Reports will be available online on November 18th at our Report Card Portal here:  https://mwweb.ugdsb.on.ca/jblac/parents Parent/Teacher Interviews (Sign up open – November 18 3:20 pm) Interviews ...

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November John Black PS News

Posted November 2, 2021

November John Black PS News
  • Virtual Book Fair!
  • Remembrance Day
  • Picture Retake Day
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Policy feedback opportunity: Policy 504 Equity and Inclusive Education

Posted October 27, 2021

UGDSB Policy 504 Equity and Inclusive Education is currently under review and feedback is welcome on the draft documents until November 25, 2021.

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UGDSB received funding from the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS)

Posted October 25, 2021

John Black 8x4_English_OntarioBuilds_CMYK.ai The Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) received funding from the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) for various projects throughout the district. The UGDSB is continuing its work on increasing touchless points in our classrooms and learning environments by installing door ...

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